Definition of competition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkämpəˈtiSH(ə)n/


1The activity or condition of competing: there is fierce competition between banks at this conservatory, competition for admissions is stiff
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  • The firm received $240,000 for its work, facing no competition for the contract.
  • TV stations ought to refrain from excessive competition for ratings.
  • Young wasn't aware of any tendering or competition for the contract.
rivalry, competitiveness, vying;
conflict, feuding, fighting
informal keeping up with the Joneses
1.1An event or contest in which people compete: a beauty competition
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  • All team competitions were a round robin affair with each team playing the other once.
  • There are levels of hospitality appropriate for different competitions and events.
  • We all go to Sydney's events and competitions so she has all the support she needs.
contest, tournament, match, game, heat, fixture, event
1.2 [in singular] The person or people with whom one is competing, especially in a commercial or sporting arena; the opposition: I walked around to check out the competition
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  • The company works ruthlessly to destroy any competition before the competition even gets a chance to mount a challenge in the marketplace.
  • Just be careful that you don't pan to the left or right to check out the competition.
  • Some, outside Scottish football, underestimate the competition.
opposition, other side, field;
challengers, opponents, rivals, adversaries
literary foe
1.3 Ecology Interaction between organisms, populations, or species, in which birth, growth and death depend on gaining a share of a limited environmental resource.
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  • In prehistoric times, natural disasters and competition with other species were the main causes.
  • Plant and animal competition is most marked on fertile soils of eutrophic forests and grasslands.
  • In the present study, small individuals of this species died in competition with large ones in field trials.


Early 17th century: from late Latin competitio(n-) 'rivalry', from competere 'strive for' (see compete).

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